Pell Grant scams high school students


Last week, the Department invited 44 postsecondary institutions to participate in an experiment that — for the first time — allows students taking college-credit courses to access federal Pell Grants as early as high school.  As part of the experiment, an estimated 10,000 high school students will have the opportunity to access approximately $20 million in Pell Grants to take dual enrollment courses provided by colleges and high schools throughout the nation.  About 80% of the selected sites are community colleges.

Dual enrollment, in which high school students enroll in postsecondary coursework, is a promising approach to improve academic outcomes for students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds.  During the 2010-11 academic year, more than 1.4 million high school students took courses offered by a college or university for credit through dual enrollment.  A growing body of research suggests that participation in dual enrollment can lead to better grades in high school, increased enrollment in college after high school, higher rates of persistence in college, greater credit accumulation, and increased rates of credential attainment.  Yet, cost can be a barrier.  At nearly half of the postsecondary institutions with dual enrollment programs, most students pay out of pocket to attend.

Under the experimental sites authority of the Higher Education Act, the Secretary is waiving existing federal aid rules that prohibit high school students from accessing Pell Grants.  Through this experiment, the Department hopes to learn about the impact of providing earlier access to financial aid on low-income students’ college access, participation, and success (fact sheet).


Kids can already get College Credit in High School for free.

One of the biggest perks of AP classes is that you can get college credit as long as you score well on the AP Exam at the end of the semester. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest. Many colleges accept a score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam as college credit in that subject area. In some cases, even a 3 is accepted for college credit.

While most colleges accept AP credits, there’s definitely a difference in how strict the requirements are. About 58% of public colleges give credit for a score of 3; meanwhile, only 33% of private colleges accept this score. The more selective an institution is, the more likely they are to require higher AP scores in order to receive college credit. For example, the highly selective Northwestern University only accepts a 3 in one course (AP chemistry) – a 4 or a 5 is required in other AP courses. Meanwhile, University of Wisconsin, Madison accepts a score of 3 on all AP exams.

Wondering if your dream school accepts AP classes for credit? Check out the CollegeBoard database on AP credit policy info. You can search through hundreds of schools’ AP credit policies with the click of a mouse.

AP Classes for College Credit: Quick Facts

  • There are 34 AP courses covering everything from Chinese Language and Culture to Psychology. Talk to your guidance counselor to find out which AP classes your high school offers.
  • You don’t have to take the AP class to take an AP exam. If you feel like you’re really knowledgeable in a certain area, you can sit for the AP exam. If your scores meet your college’s standards, you can receive college credit even though you didn’t take the test.
  • There are lots of options for students who get college credit for AP exam scores besides saving on tuition – you can graduate from college early, take more upper-level courses, pursue a double major or even study abroad.
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NOLAN BUSHNELL father of the video game industry.


Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. AtariOver the past four decades he has founded numerous companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first digital navigation system; ByVideo, the first online ordering system; and uWink, the first touchscreen menu ordering and entertainment system, among others. Currently, with his new company, Brainrush, he is devoting his talents to enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science. Additionally, he enjoys motivating and inspiring others in his speeches on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.

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Earliest beer recipe—and the earliest known use of barley—in China.

Earliest beer recipe—and the earliest known use of barley—in China.

Archaeologists at Stanford University, while digging along China’s Wei River, made an intriguing discovery: A marvelously complete set of brewing equipment. And at the bottom of that equipment was something even more wonderful: Residue from the drink it once brewed.  After scrapping that gunk from the pots, researchers analyzed it and confirmed that it was, indeed, leftover froth from a 5,000-year-old beer. They were also able to pin down the recipe of that beer to an unlikely, but delicious-sounding, combination of broomcorn millet, barley, Job’s tears, and tubers. The recipe was just published in the journal PNAS.

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How Genius annotations undermined web security

How Genius annotations undermined web security

Until early May, when The Verge confidentially disclosed the
results of my independent security tests, the “web annotator”
service provided by the tech startup Genius had been routinely
undermining a web browser security mechanism. The web
annotator is a tool which essentially republishes web pages in
order to let Genius users leave comments on specific passages.
In the process of republishing, those annotated pages would be
stripped of an optional security feature called the Content
Security Policy, which was sometimes provided by the original
version of the page. This meant that anyone who viewed a page
with annotations enabled was potentially vulnerable to
security exploits that would have been blocked by the original
site. Though no specific victims have been identified, the
potential scope of this bug was broad: it was applied to all
Genius users, undermined any site with a Content Security
Policy, and re-enabled all blocked JavaScript code.

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What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’

What’s driving Silicon Valley to become ‘radicalized’
By Elizabeth Dwoskin May 24 at 5:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Larry Gadea’s company collects heaps of sensitive data from his customers.

Recently, he decided to do something with that data trove that was long considered unthinkable: He is getting rid of it.

The reason? Gadea fears that one day the FBI might do to him what it did to Apple in their recent legal battle: demand that he give the agency access to his encrypted data. Rather than make what he considers a Faustian bargain, he’s building a system that he hopes will avoid the situation entirely.

“We have to keep as little [information] as possible so that even if the government or some other entity wanted access to it, we’d be able to say that we don’t have it,” said Gadea, founder and chief executive of Envoy. The 30-person company enables businesses to register visitors using iPads instead of handwritten visitor logs. The technology tracks who works at a firm, who visits the firm, and their contact information.

“Engineers are not inherently anti-government, but they are becoming radicalized, because they believe that the FBI, in particular, and the U.S. government, more broadly, wants to outlaw encryption,” said prominent venture capitalist Marc Andreessen in a recent interview. Andreessen’s firm, Andreessen Horowitz, is an investor in Envoy.


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